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Symphonic Prog • United Kingdom


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Formed in 1971 in Guildford, Surrey, UK - Disbanded in 1984 - Reformed from 1991 to 2003 and again since 2013

The roots of CAMEL go as far as 1964, when the Latimer brothers Andrew and Bryan form part of a band called THE PHANTOM FOUR, after gaining some fame, the band changes their name to STRANGE BREW, a when the bass player Graham Cooper reaches the band. But things were about to change, Ian Latimer and Cooper leave the band and Doug Ferguson joins.

At this point drummer Andrew Ward joins the crew and the seeds were growing in this new Blues oriented band called simply THE BREW, and at last in 1971 with the arrival of keyboardist Peter Bardens CAMEL is officially born.

In their first period CAMEL releases four albums, the self titled debut, which was received with limited enthusiasm by the public, which lead to the change of label from MCA (Who didn't wanted to take risks) to Decca, with whom they stayed for 10 years.

Followed by "Mirage", Snow Goose" and "Moonmadness" (for many their essential trilogy), during the latest album tour, the saxophonist and flute player Mel Collins joins and leads CAMEL to a first radical change in the sound, as well as in the formation because Doug Ferguson is replaced by the Ex CARAVAN bass player RICHARD SINCLAIR.

With this formation CAMEL releases two albums, "Rain Dances and "Breathless", which marks for many the end of CAMEL'S golden era mainly because Pete Bardens leaves the band and the next release "I Can See Your House From Here" is considered inferior to the previous releases by the critic.

From this point the lineups constantly changes but the band still releases seven more albums received with different degrees of acceptance, until the last studio album "A Nod And a Wink" sees the light in 2002 (the same year Pete Bardens passes away) completing a large discography of 14 studio releases, 9 live albums, 7 DVD's and several box sets .

Maybe because their style is softer than most of the pioneer bands with atmospheric and light Space Rock overtones their fanbase is not as huge as the ones of the coetaneous and more aggressive bands such as GENESIS (Who in my opinion influenced CAMEL), YES or KING CRIMSON, but CAMEL is without doubt among the most respected groups, and the Latimer - Bardens duo is considered one of the most creative compositional teams.

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CAMEL discography


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CAMEL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.96 | 1162 ratings
Camel
1973
4.40 | 2372 ratings
Mirage
1974
4.29 | 2065 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
4.38 | 2032 ratings
Moonmadness
1976
3.60 | 851 ratings
Rain Dances
1977
3.14 | 699 ratings
Breathless
1978
2.86 | 603 ratings
I Can See Your House From Here
1979
3.62 | 675 ratings
Nude
1981
2.60 | 433 ratings
The Single Factor
1982
3.40 | 616 ratings
Stationary Traveller
1984
3.68 | 461 ratings
Dust And Dreams
1991
3.75 | 540 ratings
Harbour Of Tears
1996
4.05 | 768 ratings
Rajaz
1999
3.96 | 627 ratings
A Nod And A Wink
2002
4.20 | 504 ratings
The Snow Goose (Re-recording)
2013

CAMEL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.33 | 374 ratings
A Live Record
1978
3.32 | 154 ratings
Pressure Points
1984
3.67 | 108 ratings
Camel On The Road 1972
1992
4.45 | 151 ratings
Never Let Go
1993
2.44 | 66 ratings
Camel On The Road 1982
1994
3.35 | 60 ratings
Camel On The Road 1981
1997
4.29 | 127 ratings
Coming Of Age
1998
3.84 | 66 ratings
Camel 73 - 75 Gods of Light
2000
3.60 | 71 ratings
The Paris Collection
2001

CAMEL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.55 | 40 ratings
Pressure Points - Live in Concert
1984
4.54 | 109 ratings
Coming Of Age (DVD)
1998
2.93 | 26 ratings
Curriculum Vitae
2003
3.95 | 45 ratings
Footage
2004
3.82 | 35 ratings
Footage II
2005
4.06 | 40 ratings
Total Pressure - Live In Concert 1984
2007
3.90 | 56 ratings
Moondances
2007
4.40 | 77 ratings
The Opening Farewell - Live At The Catalyst (DVD)
2010
4.41 | 34 ratings
In From The Cold
2014
4.30 | 19 ratings
Ichigo Ichie - Live in Japan 2016
2017

CAMEL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

1.65 | 13 ratings
Chameleon (Best Of Camel)
1981
3.32 | 20 ratings
The Collection
1985
3.74 | 30 ratings
A Compact Compilation
1985
2.49 | 9 ratings
Landscapes
1991
3.47 | 53 ratings
Echoes
1993
2.11 | 9 ratings
Camel (25th Anniversary Compilation)
1997
4.10 | 32 ratings
Lunar Sea - An Anthology 1973-1985
2001
4.14 | 34 ratings
Rainbow's End - A Camel Anthology 1973 - 1985
2010

CAMEL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 28 ratings
Never Let Go
1973
4.67 | 9 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
4.00 | 8 ratings
Flight Of The Snow Goose
1975
4.44 | 25 ratings
Another Night
1976
3.41 | 15 ratings
Highways of the Sun
1977
4.00 | 5 ratings
Breathless
1978
3.50 | 4 ratings
Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine
1979
4.00 | 2 ratings
Some Exerpts From The New Camel Album
1979
2.00 | 3 ratings
Remote Romance
1979
3.33 | 3 ratings
Remote Romance (German Version)
1979
5.00 | 1 ratings
Camel In Concert No.250
1981
4.00 | 5 ratings
Lies
1981
3.33 | 6 ratings
No Easy Answer
1982
3.50 | 4 ratings
Selva
1982
3.12 | 6 ratings
Cloak And Dagger Man
1984
2.60 | 7 ratings
Long Goodbyes
1984
2.50 | 2 ratings
Berlin Occidental (West Berlin)
1984
2.50 | 2 ratings
Lies (Promo Single)
1984
4.00 | 4 ratings
Captured
1986
4.82 | 20 ratings
Never Let Go
2002

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 Moonmadness by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.38 | 2032 ratings

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Moonmadness
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Moonmadness is a tough one for me. On one hand, the dreamy and pastoral symphonic vibe feels prosaic and at times even bland; on the other, the band blends in moments of upbeat energy and lush beauty. It's a mixed bag, which I don't feel deserves the 50+% 5-star rating it has here on the Archives. As of this writing, I've listened to the record 20 times, and am still wondering where the "masterpiece" label is coming from. With that being said, Moonmadness is still quite good. Let's dig in.

Overall this album blends approachable symphonic prog with a delightful rock energy. At it's heaviest, Camel is still somewhat wimpy rock, but that's not a problem here. For Moonmadness, it's all about the vibe, which is quite enjoyable. We're given mostly instrumental works with good variety. If you like dreamy flutes and lush keyboards--you're covered. If you like excellent instrumental chops and a jazzy undertone--you're good. If you like the occasional up-swell of guitar rockin'--don't fret. Basically, this album has something for everyone ... with one notable exception: the vocals. Ferguson's vocals here are not good. They sound processed and pushed into the background, maybe in an attempt to mask their unenergetic feel. Lyrically what few moments of singing are fine, sort of simple but evocative. Bottom-line here is that you won't be touched or inspired by vocals, but by the atmosphere.

Musically the songs are deft and played quite well. Keyboard standouts by Bardens deserve attention, while the rhythm section of Freguson and Ward sound great. Camel's instrumental proficiency really can't be balked, which is maybe what pushes this album into 4-star territory for me. It's hard to pick a standout, because the songs flow nicely and each have a lot of twists and turns packed into each.

If you're in the mood for thoughtful, meditative prog-rock that sort of unfolds as you listen Moonmadness is right up your alley. It's not a masterpiece in my opinion, and may leave some listeners feeling like they just took a dose of ambien, but most fans of classic prog will be ready for another hit.

Songwriting: 4 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

 I Can See Your House From Here by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.86 | 603 ratings

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I Can See Your House From Here
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Review Nº 143

As many of we know, Camel never achieved the mass popularity of their fellow British progressive rock groups from the 70's like Genesis, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson. However, they were able to cultivate a dedicated and very loyal cult of fans and they never ceased to be one of the bands most respected in the progressive rock community. With their music, all over the years, they always were one of the groups that more bands influenced inside of our progressive rock world. Even today they continue to be one of the most respected progressive groups.

Personally, Camel was my second love, after Genesis. My first two vinyl albums, purchased by me in the distant 70's, were the fifth studio album of Genesis "Selling England By The Pound", which was released in 1973 and the third studio album of Camel "The Snow Goose", which was released in 1975. Therefore, they've always been, for me, truly faithful and beloved friends who always accompanied me throughout these more than forty years of progressive rock music.

"I Can See Your House From Here" is the seventh studio album of Camel and was released in 1979. This album caused some problems with the advertisers because it shows on its cover a crucified astronaut looking at the Earth. It marked also the debut of a new line up of Camel. With the only remaining two founding members of Camel, Andrew Latimer and Andy Ward, joined the band the bassist Colin Bass who replaced Richard Sinclair and two keyboardists Jan Schelhaas, who joined in 1978 for the "Breathless" live tour and the ex-Happy The Man, Kit Watkins who replaced Dave Sinclair.

So, the line up of the album is Andrew Latimer (lead and backing vocals, guitars, flute and autoharp), Andy Ward (drums and percussion), Colin Bass (lead and backing vocals and bass), Jan Schelhaas (Yamaha CS80, Yamaha electric grand piano, grand piano, Prophet-5, Moog synthesizer, Minimoog and EMS sequencer) and Kit Watkins (Hammond C3 organ, Solina synthesizer, Yamaha electric grand piano, Rhodes piano, Moog synthesizer, Minimoog, clavinet, Prophet-5, Yamaha CS80, EMS sequencer and flute). The album had also the participation of Mel Collins (alto saxophone), Phil Collins (percussion), Rupert Hine (backing vocals) and Simon Jeffes (orchestral arrangements).

"I Can See Your House From Here" has nine tracks. The first track "Wait" written by Latimer and John McBurnie represents a good start for the album and is a song in the vein of Camel's usually open tracks. This is a good song with interesting keyboard workings and it has also a nice Latimer's guitar solo. The second track "Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine" written by Latimer, Ward, Schelhaas and Bass is a very melodic song with a pop style. It's a song with nice vocal harmonies in the wave of the commercial hits. It's a simple and good song but with nothing special on it. The third track "Eye Of The Storm" written by Watkins is a beautiful song with nice melody. It's a different song, an instrumental, and is one of my favourite songs on the album. This is, in my humble opinion, a song with a higher quality level than the most of the album. The fourth track "Who We Are" written by Latimer is one of the lengthiest tracks on the album. Despite being simpler than the songs usually composed by Latimer is a song with his mark. This is a good song, one of the best of the album. The fifth track "Survival" written by Latimer is the smallest song on the album and is a kind of a prelude of other music. It's an instrumental track with beautiful string arrangements and despite be short is an interesting song. The sixth track "Hymn To Her" written by Latimer and Schelhaas is a song with a traditional Camel's opening. It's a beautiful ballad with a good instrumental section. This is also an interesting and good song. The seventh track "Neon Magic" written by Latimer, Schelhaas and Viv McAuliffe is one of the weakest songs on the album. It's a very commercial song, uninspired and something repetitive. It's a song that shouldn't be on the album. The eighth track "Remote Control" written by Latimer and Watkins is unqualified for a Camel's song. It's a pop electronic new wave song completely dislocated of the group's music and even of the album itself. It's really an awful song. The ninth track "Ice" written by Latimer is the lengthiest track on the album and is also the best. It's a classic Camel's long instrumental track, the only song truly progressive on the album and the only song that shows Latimer at his best.

Conclusion: In reality, "I Can See Your House From Here" isn't a bad Camel's album at all. But of all their studio albums this is one of the weakest studio albums ever made by them, the weakest made in the 70's. This is another album near of the 80's, and another example of the great difficulty of the majority of the great progressive groups from de 70's, in adapting their music to post-punk and new wave movements. By the other hand, it represents also the first album without Peter Bardens and where Latimer becomes the only leader of the group. It was also their first album with two new keyboardists. So, it isn't surprising that "I Can See You House From Here" be an album of change, a weaker album that somewhat represents an album of some disappointment for fans and critics too. However, I think it has some interesting symphonic progressive music on it and the last song "Ice" probably deserves its purchase by itself.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 The Paris Collection by CAMEL album cover Live, 2001
3.60 | 71 ratings

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The Paris Collection
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by penmar

4 stars I found this album completely amazing . Taking into account that it is a live album I was surprised to the excellent quality of sound. Ican also remark that those vocals that Collins was compelled to sing due to the bad health of Anderw Latimer are achieved in the most succesful way . Being most of the album instrumental there is a lack of very good tracks i would have liked to be included .Anyway i think we have here the best version for this wonderful track.As Camel has his fans accotumed the instruments sound is refined and melodic,and the aerial music complete the musical enviroment with that sort of magical and nostalgical note.I think it own 4 stars just for the basic fact that we would have needed Andrew Latimer at his best to put into his personal touch to complete the magic of this album doubtless one of the most beautiful of progressive music alive.
 Nude by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.62 | 675 ratings

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Nude
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by KolbiterProg

4 stars Nude is a conceptual album, like many in the Progressive Rock scene, but it has to be analyzed by its different aspects, the musical composition, the originality, the depth of the theme. The first time I listened to it, I was fascinated by Andy Latimer's melodies that showed a deep connection with the story that makes up his concept. In the end, it shows us a story with the sensitivity that impresses on the music and the history written in the lyrics. Well, to the subject, Nude tells us the story of a Japanese soldier at the time of the Second World War. The album begins with the experience of living in a country like Japan at that time, calling on the armed forces to fulfill their country and sees in its own flesh the horrors of war on an island in the Pacific. These horrors paralyze him and make him lose his sense, which he recovers perhaps days later. To his surprise, he is alone on a deserted island, he was simply so indispensable, he did not figure or maybe if, like a low in the Japanese army. History takes its turn, he has to stay there and follow the rules that were established, to fulfill his duty, hoping that help will soon arrive to take him with them. This was a real story of that soldier, Hiroo Onoda who spent 30 years on an island, thinking that the war was still going on. It shows the human side of a soldier who, being only one piece on a huge board in that war, was ignored and left to his fate. Musically it is very well done, in my particular taste Drafted and Lies are my favorite, but it really is to listen complete. I liked it a lot as they carry a style of narrating a story with a very good development and in the end the climax and resolution that leave us the message of the album.
 A Nod And A Wink by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.96 | 627 ratings

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A Nod And A Wink
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 116

'A Nod And A Wink' is the fourteenth studio album of Camel and is also their last original studio album until now. It was released in 2002. It's true they released a new version of 'The Snow Goose' in 2013, but this isn't an original new work. The album was dedicated to Peter Bardens, their former keyboardist and one of the main composers of the group with Andrew Latimer, in their first musical period. Sadly Bardens passed way in January of the same year, in 2002.

The line up on the album is Andrew Latimer (vocals, flute, guitars and keyboards), Guy LeBlanc (backing vocals and keyboards), Colin Bass (backing vocals and bass guitar), Denis Clement (drums), Terry Carelton (backing vocals and drums) and J.R. Johston (backing vocals).

'A Nod And A Wink' has seven tracks. The first track 'A Nod And A Wink', is the title track and was written by Latimer, Hoover and LeBlanc. It's an incredible song to open the album and represents one the greatest moments on it. This is also one of the lengthiest songs composed by them. It's a song where the music flows constantly and has also a great musical structure. This is a great epic song that moves beautifully and where the vocals fit very well. The second track 'Simple Pleasures' written by Latimer and Hoover is a very beautiful and melancholic song and represents for me one of the most beautiful moments on the album. It has a great rhythm section very well accompanied by great guitar work. On this album, and particularly on this song, we can feel the similitude of the styles of Latimer and David Gilmour on guitars. However and despite that, I think Latimer has his own style. This is really a very enjoyable and beautiful song. The third track 'A Boy's Life' written by Latimer and Hoover is a song that begins very calm, with acoustic guitar and vocals. It's a song with different musical passages with calm and nice moments and fast and explosive moments. This is also a slow and an acoustic track. The second part of the song is really good and has a fantastic guitar work too. This is the song which is particularly dedicated to Bardens and it has in me strong emotional feelings. The fourth track 'Fox Hill' written by Latimer and Hoover is a happy song very well structured. This is a song with great electric guitar work, fantastic keyboards and good drumming work too. It has even a mini drum solo. It's an enjoyable song, very consistent, that delivers an excellent musical composition. This song reminds me strongly Genesis in Peter Gabriel's era, particularly the lengthy and great epic songs made by them, like 'The Battle Of Epping Forest'. It's probably Latimer's musical composition more close to Genesis' sound. I've no problem with that because, in the first place I love Genesis and in the second place the typical Camel's sound is always present all over the song. The fifth track 'The Miller's Tale' written by Latimer and Hoover is a short and sweet acoustic ballad in the typical Camel's style. The first part of the song begins with acoustic guitar played in Steve Hackett's style and the second part is a typical symphonic song. It's the simplest track on the album and is probably the weakest too. However, it's a very beautiful and a peaceful moment, with good flute and great acoustic strings works. I enjoy it very much. The sixth track 'Squigely Fair' written by Latimer is almost an instrumental song that takes us to the good old times of Camel in the 70's, and that reminds us strongly their third album 'The Snow Goose'. It's a song full of good flute and acoustic works which brings us an enjoyable and beautiful moment of peace and tranquillity. This is one of the highest moments on the album. The seventh and last track 'For Today' written by Latimer and LeBlanc is another song with a guitar sound very close to the floydian style. This is a song very well sung and with great guitar work, with a guitar solo really stunning, and also good drumming. Oh Boy. The final of the song is absolutely incredible and represents for me a real hymn to their music and to the progressive music in general. Here we can feel the emotion of the music at its peak. That is really astonishing. This is, in my humble opinion, a great and a perfect ending not only for this album but probably and sadly for their thirty years of career.

Conclusion: Fifteen years have passed since the release of this album, and due to Latimer's health problems, this was probably their last original studio work too. However, I think they can be proud to leave us a great musical legacy. Camel is one of the few groups that always maintained a certain musical coherence and never forgot their progressive roots. I want to leave my deep admiration and my personal thanks to one of the greatest and most important prog rock bands and to leave also my homage to Bardens. He was one of the finest keyboardists ever and his presence in the first musical period of Camel was one of the keys of their sound. He and Latimer are one of the best prog composers' duos of ever. 'A Nod And A Wink', is a truly masterpiece. It's very well produced and all songs have good arrangements. The quality of the musicians needs no comment. The album has a more melancholy and mellow style than earlier works of Camel, but it fits the process of getting older, not only Latimer, but also his fans from the past, of whom I'm one too.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Rajaz by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.05 | 768 ratings

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Rajaz
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 115

'Rajaz' is the thirteenth studio album of Camel and was released in 1999. The album was considered by both, fans and critics, the return of the band to their original form of music, their original roots, the return to the good old days.

'Rajaz' is a kind of poetry that was sung on caravans during the desert crossing to the rhythm of the camel steps to keep the travellers awake. In contrast to their two predecessors albums, 'Dust And Dreams' and 'Harbour Of Tears', 'Rajaz' isn't a conceptual album. Except in the title track, the theme is only taken up in two other songs, 'Sahara' and 'Lawrence'. Correspondingly, the songs here are more separated, instead of flowing into one another, as happen with the conceptual albums. Musically, 'Rajaz' is nevertheless coherent. The songs aren't really overly complex, and instead, the emphasis is placed on the atmosphere. This was particularly successful on the title track, which in its slow and uniform rhythm, allows the loneliness and strains of the travellers in the desert to be comprehended. Contrary to the earlier Camel's albums, the songs are dominating on 'Rajaz', because only two tracks are instrumental pieces.

The line up of the album is Andrew Latimer (vocals, flute, guitars, keyboards and percussion), Ton Scherpenzeel (keyboards), Colin Bass (bass guitar), Dave Stewart (drums and percussion) and Barry Phillips (cello).

'Rajaz' has eight tracks. All tracks were written by Latimer except 'Three Wishes', 'Lost And Found' and 'Lawrence' which were written by Latimer and Susan Hoover. The first track 'Three Wishes' is an instrumental piece, very solid, very intriguing and exotic, which make of it a brilliant opener for the album. The song is very good and the instrumental tune changes for several times all over the song. It's very well performed and has one of the most beautiful guitar works made by Latimer. The second track 'Lost And Found' is another great song. It's a song with a good rhythm and with great combination between guitar and bass which makes an effect on the song pretty good. The song is full of great guitar work and it has also a fantastic keyboard work. This song has good vocal work too. The voice of Latimer is soft and with low timbre. It seems a new Latimer singing. The third track 'The Final Encore' is another captivating piece. It's another song very well sung and it has clearly the influence of the oriental music, making of it a song with an exotic sound. It reminds me the historical time of the Ancient Egypt. It has also interesting organ and guitar works. The fourth track is the title track 'Rajaz'. This is another great song of the album, very temperamental and full of feelings, what gives to this album a certain extravagant ambience and a unique character. It's a very calm song with a very beautiful beginning performed by Latimer's acoustic guitar and Phillips' cello. Latimer's voice is really good, nice, and dreamy and is very relaxing, too. The fifth track 'Shout' is a nice ballad, once more very well sung. It's a song quite different from the other songs on the album. The song is pretty good but it hasn't anything special or fantastic to listen on it. It's perhaps the weaker point on the album, and I may say, the only one. The sixth track 'Straight To My Heart' is a song with a bluesy tune with a slow slide guitar in the style of David Gilmour, which isn't so surprising because Latimer is often compared with him. This is another song with a nice and calm starting, with great singing and beautiful acoustic guitar work. The performance of all musicians is very competent and the song has also a beautiful instrumental ending. The seventh track 'Sahara' is another instrumental piece and represents one of the highest moments on the album and is also the best instrumental track on it. It has wonderful guitar work with some great Arabic musical tones, what can be considered a tribute to the band's own name. This is another song that reaches completely the very special and exotic atmosphere of the all album, like 'Rajaz' and 'Lost And Found' do as well. The eighth track 'Lawrence' is a great ending to the album. This is a song with great and beautiful musical moments and nice guitar solos. Once more we have a song very close to the style of Gilmour with great feeling and good instrumental work. I really enjoy this song.

Conclusion: 'Rajaz' is a very special album for Camel and for Latimer. Twenty three years have passed since Camel released their last great masterpiece, their fourth studio album 'Moonmadness'. So, this can be considered a historic achievement, because it's unusual a band from the 70's release a masterpiece so many years later. 'Rajaz' is a great album, very melancholic and that sounds with influences of the eastern music. It has great musical parts, especially the instrumental parts, and it has unexpected vocal parts too. We may say that Camel pays homage to their natural environment, the deserts and camels. This is perhaps their musical work in which the guitar of Latimer is more close to the sound of the guitar of Gilmour. 'Rajaz' is one of the best Camel's albums and is absolutely an essential piece. The sound is quite different from the 70's, but this is progressivity, and Camel is one of the few 70's progressive bands that still progresses in these days. Buy it, because this is pure Camel's music on its highest peak. It's highly recommended.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Ichigo Ichie - Live in Japan 2016 by CAMEL album cover DVD/Video, 2017
4.30 | 19 ratings

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Ichigo Ichie - Live in Japan 2016
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This new DVD was the opportunity for me to rediscover a band that I have always put behind some symphonic bands like Genesis and Yes. The reason was probably because of their quiet approach to the style with the melodies developed slowly in a dreamy, peaceful and melancholic atmosphere. The band can put you to somewhere in the world in the ancient times, especially with the flute passages. The music is essentially based around the guitar playing of Latimer and some brilliant keyboards intrusions of Peter Jones who lost his sight but never his sense of compositions and solid playing. The DVD is fun to watch not only for the great songs but for the light show and the camera angles who capture many distant shots of the full stage. I have not seen the latest DVD of Camel since "Coming of Age", but I would be surprised that those are a lot better than this one. This is another winner for a great band.
 Ichigo Ichie - Live in Japan 2016 by CAMEL album cover DVD/Video, 2017
4.30 | 19 ratings

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Ichigo Ichie - Live in Japan 2016
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars "Treasure every encounter for it will never recur"

I pre-ordered Camel's new DVD Ichigo Ichie directly from the band's own record company Camel Productions and got it very nicely signed by Andy Latimer. The DVD contains a strong live performance by the band filmed in Tokyo, Japan in 2016. Looking at the cover picture, you will see two figures. The one in the foreground I suppose is Latimer and the one on the background must be Colin Bass. This is the duo that have kept Camel going for many years now. Also drummer Denis Clement remains from previous line-ups, but once again we have a new face in the keyboard department in Peter Jones. Surprisingly, Jones also takes lead vocals for a couple of songs including opener Never Let Go.

If you enjoyed Camel's previous two DVD releases, you will undoubtedly enjoy this one too as it is comparable in quality with 2014's In From The Cold and 2010's The Opening Farewell. The set list overlaps significantly with these earlier releases, with the majority of the songs performed having also appeared on one or the other of the aforementioned live DVDs. There are however also a couple of surprises, my personal favourite of which is The White Rider. This wonderful song, originally from the Mirage album, hasn't been included on many live recordings before.

The first ten songs in the set are all from the band's first five albums, released between 1973 and 1977. The following handful of songs are from the late 70's to the early 90's. Interestingly, the newest songs are from 1991's Dust And Dreams album which means that there is nothing at all included from the band's three most recent studio discs (not counting the re-recorded version of The Snow Goose). Personally I would have loved to see more "rare" songs both newer and older that haven't been included on other recent live releases, but you can't have everything can you.

Another excellent Camel DVD!

 Ichigo Ichie - Live in Japan 2016 by CAMEL album cover DVD/Video, 2017
4.30 | 19 ratings

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Ichigo Ichie - Live in Japan 2016
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by fenman

5 stars I was suprised when I learnt a few weeks ago that an new Camel DVD, recorded last year in Japan, was imminent. I have a lot of live Camel in my collection and, having enjoyed the band in concert in Birmingham a couple of years ago, decided to place an advance order through the band's website.

My copy duly arrived (signed by Andy Latimer) a couple of days ago. I thought it would be good - it is in fact tremendous! Given how ill Latimer was a few years ago his work here is all the more remarkable. His skills and those of the rest of the band are undiminished.

An appealing setlist with decent visuals and excellent LPCM sound (CD quality, when many music DVDs are actually mp3) make this two hours of music I will be sitting though many times.

Another pleasant surprise to me was to see Peter Jones (of Tiger Moth tales) give a very convincing performance on keyboards/vocals.

I would only very rarely give a concert DVD five stars, but, on this occasion I feel it is deserved. A triumph on every level and a great start to the prog year.

 Moondances by CAMEL album cover DVD/Video, 2007
3.90 | 56 ratings

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Moondances
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Unevensong

Moondances features footage from two separate live concerts, one from 1976 and one from 1977. As such it captures Camel in two different stages of the band's evolution - first right before and then right after the major transition that took place between the Moonmadness and Rain Dances albums (the albums to which the DVD title "Moondances" alludes). The change was both in musical terms and in terms of personell.

The earlier footage is from a concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on April 14th 1976 and features the original line-up of Andy Latimer, Peter Bardens, Doug Fergusen, and Andy Ward. While the music is fantastic and the footage interesting, it is far from complete. Only six songs are included and we are missing out on about half the show. The whole set included Song Within a Song, The Great Marsh/Rhayader/Rhayader Goes to Town, Air Born, Chord Change, The White Rider, Lunar Sea, Preparation/Dunkirk, Another Night, and Lady Fantasy, while the programme featured here begins from The White Rider. Perhaps the previous songs were not filmed, but the whole show has been released in audio format as bonus tracks on the 2009 2CD "Deluxe" edition of Moonmadness. (The 2002 remastered CD that I own has only Song Within a Song, Lunar Sea, and Preparation/Dunkirk from the same show).

The other concert was filmed at the Hippodrome, Golders Green, London, on September 22nd 1977 and features the line-up including Richard Sinclair and Mel Collins in addition to Latimer, Bardens, and Ward. With Sinclair taking lead vocals and Collins adding sax, the sound of the band was very different during this time and altogether more jazzy. Most of the Rain Dances material is good, but I dislike how this line-up treated earlier material. The worst example is what they did to Never Let Go which sounds all wrong here. Not the right direction for Camel. This is fun to see, but it does not compare favourably with the classic Camel of the original line-up. At least this programme is complete.

The DVD also holds two bonus audio-only tracks from 1973 and 1974 respectively called Autumn and Riverman. These were previously unreleased and are not available elsewhere. The reason that they are here is not clear, but it is nice to have these rare tracks.

Overall, this is a good DVD, and probably the best source if you wish to see 1970's Camel in performance. However, for me the visual aspect is only interesting once or twice for historical reasons while the audio has timeless appeal. In the case of the 1976 recordings these are, as mentioned above, available in more complete form elsewhere. In terms of DVDs, I think that the more recently filmed Camel shows presented on Coming Of Age, The Opening Farewell, and In From the Cold are all much better than the present one.

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